As I broke out the bananas I had bought 2 for a dollar from 7 Eleven, and Cutie oranges I had grabbed from home, I heard several excited, “Oh I want a banana… Cutie Please… I’ll share my banana with…”
Down the rows of desks, newly arranged for testing, they pass the Cuties, split the bananas, break the graham crackers… like little trails of ants passing crumbs; a community.
The Cuties and bananas and crackers circulate.
Thank you …Thanks…Thank you… Yes, Please… No thank you…Thank you
An aromatic splash of citrus zest fills the room.
Bright rays of a newly risen sun trickle through the classroom windows, generating a glow.
Our class plant, Ramona, casts a spidery shadow.
They smile and eat their snacks.
They are so little.
I am so proud.